29 Jan

Avion Express – your future employer?

When pursuing a new job, we mainly focus on ourselves – how to deliver yourself in front of a potential employer? What benefits could we bring to the company in case of employment? While it is the key approach for a successful job hunt, it is also important to understand what you are applying for. Is that the airline that you are willing to commit to and perform at your best for at least several upcoming years? Does this company have corporate traits that will be able to meet your career expectations? There is no need to ‘reinvent the wheel’, simply do your homework by learning about the company as much as you can. Since BAA Training is working with a number of partners offering Cadet Programmes, let us introduce to you one of your potential future employers – Avion Express.

Variety of destinations and loads of flight hours

Let’s start from the beginning – Avion Express is a Lithuanian-based airline providing charter and ACMI (wet-leasing) services. Established in 2005 as Nordic Solutions Air Services, it was rebranded to Avion Express in 2008. It is the largest airline in Lithuania and the largest narrow-body wet-lease operator in the world. In 2019 the company is operating 22 Airbus A320 family aircraft.

Headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania, Avion Express has established a long-term partnership with clients in Europe and is also operating in Africa, South America, Asia-Pacific. To strengthen its position as the market leader, in 2019 Avion Express established Avion Express Malta, a subsidiary airline based in Malta that operates Airbus A320 aircraft fleet.

During the summer, when the holiday season is at its peak, charter airline fleet lands all over the European holiday destinations: Spain, Greece, Germany, Bulgaria, Turkey, Croatia and Italy airports. Meanwhile during the winter season, pilots can expect to land at and take off from various airports of South America, Asia and the Caribbean regions. Working for a charter airline means a variety of destinations, which allows pilots to gain experience with landings and take-offs at different airports and under different circumstances. In addition to that, Avion Express ended 2018 with its record production

result of over 52,500 block hours. The company expects to increase this number to 60,000 block hours in 2019. Therefore, for you, as a potential employee, means that pilots at Avion Express provide plenty of hours to build your flying experience.

Airline for airlines

Avion Express is the largest narrow-body ACMI provider in the world and the largest airline in Lithuania, therefore, operating on the Business-to-Business model, the company is based on four key values: professionalism, flexibility, teamwork, and positivity. ‘We are an airline for airlines. Our vision is to provide our clients with the top quality services’, comments Laura Macutkevic, Human Resources Manager at Avion Express.

Avion Express was awarded ACMI Operator of the Year 2019 at Air Transport Awards by International Business News and reached the 22nd position among Lithuanian Business Leaders Top 500 in 2018 according to Verslo Žinios, the leading business newspaper in Lithuania. The company was also recognized by Verslo Žinios as one of the TOP-20 Lithuanian Most Desirable Employers of 2019.

Airline of opportunities

Although the market is tempting with possibilities for rapid growth, the company seeks controllable growth to maintain highly professional services provided for their clients.

Looking for the new team members, the airline once again returns to their key values, therefore pilots eager to join the airline should be flexible, motivated, willing to adapt to internal operations and professional not only in terms of qualification, but at every step of airline representation. Positive, innovative and with a teamwork mind-set pilots would easily fit the company’s internal culture.

‘Since we are constantly growing, in the number of employees as well as professionally as a company, throughout the year we organize various events to promote our core values, to bring all employees together and help them get to know each other. Also, we call ourselves ‘the company of opportunities’ for a reason – each team member is motivated to grow within the company. We support our employees and create the environment where they can grow personally and professionally, including the career ladder. We have a number of success stories in terms of career development. For

example, our pilot Ruta had been working as an OCC Officer for two years and then started flying. She is now one of our female pilots who also works as a Crew Resource Management Instructor’, Laura Macutkevic shares the airline’s internal culture.

Avion Express also pays close attention to its employees’ well-being. As the company expands, it constantly strives to provide them with opportunities to advance. To create comfortable work environment, Avion Express provides its flight and cabin crew with accommodation and covers commuting expenses. The company believes that motivated and well-treated employees will deliver the highest level of service.

For those who are eager to become a pilot, Avion Express in cooperation with BAA Training offers a Cadet Programme. After completing the ATPL (frozen) course of this Cadet Programme, you will have an opportunity to land a flying job at Avion Express. Get to know Aviation Express better!